Friday, January 11, 2008

Submarine Visits Guam

New powerful submarine makes port visit today
Pacific Daily News

A state-of-the-art U.S. Navy submarine arrived on Guam today for maintenance and a port visit, according to a Navy press release. The USS Ohio is the first of four Trident-missile submarines that have been converted to carry guided missiles and Special Operations Forces to improve the Navy’s ability to fight the Global War on Terrorism, the release said. “The new class of submarines provides a powerful, non-provocative forward presence that can respond quickly to emergent needs. The converted platform combines the speed, stealth, range, and flexibility of a nuclear-powered submarine with the unprecedented under sea payload,” the release said. The USS Ohio was converted in December of 2005. It can carry more than 150 Tomahawk cruise missiles and more than 60 special forces members. Additional information about the submarine, its crew, and the boat’s conversion can be found at .

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